Complete guide to the Polar Plus charging network
Owned by BP Chargemaster, the Polar Plus network consists of more than 7,000 charging points across the UK, and includes everything from slow chargers to rapid chargers.
Its new 150kW rapid charging unit was revealed in June 2019, with the first pair installed at a BP forecourt activated in August 2019.
The company says 100 individual points are set to be installed across 50 BP forecourts by the end of the year, and it expects to have 400 of the ultra-fast chargers in place throughout the country by 2021.
Membership of the Polar Plus network costs £7.85 per month, and most of the network is free to use for members. Some charging points do incur a fee, however, with prices starting from 12p/kWh (including VAT) at certain AC chargers.
43kW AC and 50kW DC fast chargers cost 15p/kWh to use, while 150kW DC rapid chargers cost 20p/kWh. The company has said that all its new fast and rapid chargers – in addition to its existing units – will be fitted with contactless payment technology. Paying with a debit or credit card costs 30p/kWh and 40p/kWh for fast and rapid charging respectively.
After you’ve signed up, you’ll get a card or key fob in the post giving you access to the network. Simply drive up, plug in and tap the charger to top up your car.
In addition to unlimited free charges (minus the membership fee), access to the ChargeYourCar network is included
The Polar Plus network also operates an ‘EV Experience Fleet’, featuring exclusive cars like the BMW i8 and Tesla Model S. With each charge, members can accumulate ‘Polar Points’, which they can then use to bid on seven-day experiences in other electric vehicles.
There are caveats, though: you can only earn points from an individual town or city once each month, and if successful you must collect and return the vehicle yourself. The EV Experience Centre is based in Milton Keynes.
The company says 30 new sites are being added to the Polar Plus network each month, with a rapid-charger network being rolled out across the country, too.
A live map of the Polar Plus network showing the status of all its chargers can be viewed on the company’s website. There’s also a Polar Plus app for smartphone users.